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The Risks of Leaving a Dual Diagnosis Untreated

Dual diagnosis is when a mood disorder and addiction go hand in hand. One can’t be fixed without also dealing with the other, as the mental illness may have been triggered by the substance abuse, or, conversely, the substance abuse was brought about as a way to self medicate in reaction to the troubling symptoms of the mental illness. Either way, they are closely linked and need special care when treatment is sought.

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Family Friday: Dual Diagnosis Treatment- Co-Occurring Addiction & Mental Illness

Dual Diagnosis is when addiction and mental illness go hand in hand. Addicts may use substances to ease the symptoms of their mental health disorder, or, alternately, the symptoms themselves may be exacerbated by the addiction. These mental health problems may include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder among others. If an addict seeks treatment for only their substance abuse problem and not for the underlying mental health problem, a full recovery will be all but impossible.

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Robin Williams: A Conversation About Dual Diagnosis

Actor Robin Williams was tragically found dead in his California home Last week, in an apparent suicide. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had long battled a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and depression, for which he had spent time in recovery. In fact, Williams recently made headlines for proactively returning to treatment to strengthen his recovery. His passing has saddened thousands across the globe, both those who knew him personally and those who knew him only through his films.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis is when a client has been diagnosed with addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. If you have been given a dual diagnosis, it’s important that you take action to receive the right treatment. Your mental health and your odds for a successful recovery depend on it.

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Understanding Dual Diagnosis: What Does it Mean?

A dual diagnosis is when a client of substance abuse and addiction is diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Dual diagnoses are quite common and they are important to understand in order to receive the proper treatment for recovery as well as for mental health.

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Does Dual Diagnosis Mean I’m Doomed?

A dual diagnosis does not mean that you are doomed! Receiving a dual diagnosis means you and your rehabilitation center staff are equipped with the knowledge of what your situation is and what needs to be done in order for you to be able to enter a healthier and more stable life of recovery as well as manage the symptoms of your accompany mental health disorder(s).

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Dual Diagnosis in Hollywood: Which Celebs Suffer From Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with both addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. This knowledge is important as the success of recovery relies on both the mental health disorder(s) and the addiction being specifically treated at the same time. From the media coverage of celebrities grappling with mental health disorders and addiction, we can take a look at a few celebrities who suffer from dual diagnoses.

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Do I Have a Dual Diagnosis?

What’s a dual diagnosis and how do you know if you have one? First, a dual diagnosis is when an addiction and mental illness co-exist in the same person. There isn’t one fixed type of dual diagnosis, because it can refer to any number of combinations, including anxiety and addiction, depression and addiction, bipolar disorder and addiction, and so on. If you suspect you have a dual diagnosis, don’t panic. You’re not alone, and treatment is available for you.

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